The WebApps WG was originally chartered in June 2008. Having completed or made substantial progress on many of its original deliverables, it was rechartered in March 2009 to take on new work and rechartered again in June 2010 to take on a few additional deliverables. In April 2012, the WG was again rechartered to reflect that work had stopped on some specs, work was completed on other specs (e.g. several of the widget specs) and some new specs were added. In July 2014, the group was re-chartered again.
The original charter merged the deliverables of the Web API and Web Application Formats Working Groups by continuing work already in progress, and taking on new deliverables necessary for the evolving Web application market.
The group's current charter is http://www.w3.org/2014/06/webapps-charter.html and projected to end 2016-July-31
Older charters, with order in newer charters first:
- 2012-Apr-26 new charter approved; http://www.w3.org/2012/webapps/charter/ with end date of 2014-May-31
- 2010-Jun-14 - new charter approved; http://www.w3.org/2010/webapps/charter/ with end date of 2012-June-30
- 2009-Apr-13 new charter extension approved; http://www.w3.org/2009/04/webapps-charter with an end date of 2010-June-30
- 2008-June-09 - first charter approved; http://www.w3.org/2008/webapps/charter/charter2008.html with end date 2010-June-30
Differences Between Charters
The primary goal of the 2009 charter changes was to explicitly add the Web Workers specification, and to clarify specific deliverables, such as the Server-Sent Events, Web Sockets API, and Web Storage, which were described in the original charter (normally under different names), but not yet in formal draft form.
The primary changes to the June 2010 charter were the addition of the following specifications: Web Messaging, Widgets Embedding and Asynchronous DOM Mutation Notification (ADMN).
The changes to the April 2012 charter are summarized in the charter's About This Charter section.
The July 2014 charter's about this charter section enumerates the changes since the 2012 charter.